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Welcome to the Michigan Census Research Data Center. 

The Michigan Census Research Data Center (MCRDC) is a joint project of the U.S. Bureau of the Census and the University of Michigan to enable qualified researchers with approved projects to access unpublished Census data in order to conduct research that benefits Census Bureau programs.  Learn More

News and Events

One-Day SIPP Training Workshop

The Michigan node of the NSF-Census Research Network will sponsor a one-day SIPP training workshop at Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland on Friday, May 15. The workshop will focus on SIPP classic, with an introduction to the re-designed SIPP, and is open to analysts at government agencies and nonprofits in the Washington DC area.

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2015 Federal Statistical Research Data Center Annual Conference

The 2015 FSRDC Annual Conference will be held at the Li Ka Shing Conference Center at Stanford University on Friday, September 18, 2015.  The 2015 Conference will be hosted by Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.  The one-day program will showcase research from the nationwide network of RDCs.

Call for Papers 

The Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (RDC) at Stanford and Berkeley are welcoming proposals to present papers at the 2015 Federal Statistical Research Data Center Annual Conference.  The conference will be a day of concurrent paper sessions and a keynote presentation.  Papers should be based on current research using data from the nationwide network of RDCs.  Data for the research include demographic, business, and linked employee-employer data from the U.S. Census Bureau and health data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  The research should involve statistical analyses on nonpublic versions of the data from these government agencies.

Deadline for submitting papers is June 19, 2015.

For more information, please visit the Conference website:

1st International FDZ Data User Workshop Call for Papers

​Call for papers ​for a research conference on analysis of the German Social Security data available via the IAB FDZ.  The conference will be held here at ISR in Ann Arbor on October 23-24, 2015.  David Card (Berkeley) will give the key note address.

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Federal Statistical Research Data Centers

The US Census Bureau in partnership with federal statistical agencies and leading research institutions is pleased to announce that the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy approved the rebranding of the Census RDCs as the Federal Statistical Research Data Center program in January 2015.  The FSRDCs will be managed by the Census Bureau and housed in the same secure facilities.   This is an exciting time as the rebranding marks the beginning of the addition of new non-public data from a variety of federal partners.

Additional information can be found on the FSRDC website:

NSF Census Research Network Michigan Node website is now live

The Michigan node of the NSF-Census Research Network now has a website: 

Positions for Economists at the Census Bureau 

The Center for Economic Studies (CES) has announced openings for Economists.

Position Information

RDC Network Expansion

We are pleased to announce the National Science Foundation has awarded grants for the development of two new Research Data Centers. The new Research Data Centers (RDCs) will be located in Kansas and Nebraska.

Kansas City RDC

  • Location: Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank.
  • Consortium: University of Kansas, Kauffman Foundation, University of Missouri, Columbia, and Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank.

Central Plains RDC

  • Location: University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
  • Consortium: University of Nebraska, Iowa State University, University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of South Dakota, and University of Iowa.

These two new RDCs, along with a new Yale University branch of the NYC RDC, will be built and open by fall 2015. The network currently hosts about 600 researchers working on about 180 active projects in 17 locations (with an additional location to be completed soon). For more information on the RDC network, please see

New Data and Data Updates

2010 Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS)

  • The Energy Information Administration (EIA) of Department of Energy sponsors the MECS to provide detailed data on energy consumption in the manufacturing sector. The MECS provides statistics on the consumption of electricity and other types of fuel. It also provides data on the capability of manufacturers to substitute alternative fuels for those actually consumed, end uses, the extent to which energy-related technologies are being used by manufacturers and other related topics.

Current Population Survey (CPS) 2006-2012 Voting and Registration Supplement

  • The CPS is a monthly labor force survey of about 70,000 households conducted by the Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Every other year, after answering the labor force questions, the same households are asked a series of questions (the Voting and Registration Supplement) about the voting behavior of citizens aged 18 and up. Voting and registration data have been collected by the CPS every other year since 1994.

Current Population Survey (CPS) July 2011 to April 2014 (basic) monthly microdata files

  • ​The CPS is a monthly labor force survey of about 70,000 households. The CPS is sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is the primary source of labor force statistics for the population of the United States.

2014 Current Population Survey (CPS) March Supplement

  • Otherwise known as the Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement. This addition extends the coverage of this survey in the RDCs from 1967 to 2014. 

National Survey of College Graduates (NSCG) 2010

    The NSCG is a longitudinal biennial survey conducted since the 1970s that provides data on the nation’s college graduates, with particular focus on those in the science and engineering workforce. The survey samples individuals who are living in the United States during the survey reference week, have at least a bachelor’s degree, and are under the age of 76. This survey is a unique source for examining various characteristics of college-educated individuals, including occupation, work activities, salary, the relationship of degree field and occupation, and demographic information.

2011 NCVS Public-Police Contact Survey

  • The Police-Public Contact Survey (PPCS) provides detailed information on the characteristics of persons who had some type of contact with police during the year, including those who contacted the police to report a crime or were pulled over in a traffic stop. The PPCS interviews a nationally representative sample of residents age 16 or older as a supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey. The survey enables Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to examine the perceptions of police behavior and response during these encounters.

2002 National Longitudinal Mortality Study

  • ​The NLMS consists of a database developed for the purpose of studying the effects of demographic and socio-economic characteristics on differentials in U.S. mortality rates. The NLMS is a unique research database in that it is based on a random sample of the non-institutionalized population of the United States. It consists of U.S. Census Bureau data from Current Population Surveys, Annual Social and Economic Supplements and a subset of the 1980 Census combined with death certificate information to identify mortality status and cause of death. The study currently consists of approximately 3.8 million records with over 550,000 identified mortality cases. The content of the socio-economic variables available offers researchers the potential to answer questions on mortality differentials for a variety of important socio-economic and demographic subgroups not covered as extensively in other databases.


Congratulations to our graduates!

They each spent countless hours laboring in the lab and have accepted exciting positions across the country and around the globe.

Vanessa Alviarez: University of British Columbia, Assistant Professor

Sasha Brodsky: Analysis Group in Boston, Economist

Tanya Byker: Middlebury College, Assistant Professor

Jenny Lin: Oregon State, Assistant Professor

Lin Ma:  National University of Singapore, Assistant Professor

Ryan Monarch: Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Economist

Evan Starr: School of Labor and Employment Relations and the Department of Economics at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Assistant Professor

Tuba Suzer-Gurtekin: University of Michigan, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Survey Methodology

Marek Zapletal: Brattle Group in San Francisco, Economist

Featured Researcher:  Aaron Flaaen

Aaron Flaaen is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics Department at the University of Michigan with interests in international trade and macroeconomics. His dissertation explores the impact of multinational firms on both source and host economies. In one paper, joint with two other graduate students, he uses data from the Japanese earthquake/tsunami of 2011 to explore how the cross-border input linkages of multinational firms affects the transmission of business cycles and shocks across countries, View Paper. Other projects include a comparison of the characteristics of multinational firms with exporting and domestic-only firms, and measuring the domestic labor market effects of international expansions. The innovative firm-level data from the Census Bureau allow for a more disaggregated analysis of the determinants and effects of multinational activity.

Another strand of research, joint with Matthew Shapiro and Isaac Sorkin, uses matched survey and administrative data to examine the consequences of job loss. This line of work seeks to understand the large and persistent earnings losses following job displacement, and the ways in which the measurement of such losses might be affected by labor market participation, retirement, and other factors.

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CES Dissertation Mentorship Program

The Center for Economic Studies wants to assist doctoral candidates who are actively engaged in dissertation research in economics or a related field using Census Bureau microdata at a Research Data Center. 

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